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Inspectors visit site of suspected chemical attack in Douma, Syria, after delays
A fact-finding team visited one site in Douma and collected samples, the group said, to help determine whether banned substances were used there in an April 7 strike. "The OPCW will evaluate the situation and consider future steps including another possible visit to Douma," the organization said. The team faced several obstacles in getting to Douma, raising concerns that any chemicals that may have been used could disintegrate by the…
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‘Smallville’ actress Allison Mack arrested for alleged role in sex trafficking case
Mack's arrest is related to her alleged involvement with an organization called Nxivm (pronounced NEX-ium), a group that claimed to be a self-help program but was, in reality, a pyramid scheme in which some recruits were exploited "both sexually and for their labor, to the defendants' benefit," according to U.S attorney Richard P. Donoghue. Nxivm's founder, Keith Raniere, also known within the group as Vanguard, was also indicted on Friday.…
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Avicii tributes pour in following Swedish DJ’s death
He was 28. "It is with profound sorrow that we announce the loss of Tim Bergling, also known as Avicii," a statement to CNN read. "He was found dead in Muscat, Oman this Friday afternoon local time, April 20th. The family is devastated and we ask everyone to please respect their need for privacy in this difficult time. No further statements will be given." Avicii was one of the most…
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Salisbury cleanup targets toxic ‘hot spots’
Residents were briefed Thursday evening by government and local officials on the cleanup operation in nine locations across the city, according to Britain's Press Association news agency. Police believe the pair first came into contact with the substance, identified by the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons as a Novichok agent, at Sergei Skripal's home. The highest concentration of the substance was found on the front door. A number…
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Candidate steps aside after sex tape allegation in Iraq
Intidhar Ahmed Jassim had been a candidate in the political coalition of Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi. A nearly three-minute clip appeared Wednesday on social media, showing a woman and man having sex. The woman's appearance, voice and what she said about herself led many viewers to conclude she might be Jassim. Jassim -- a professor at al-Mustansiriya University in Baghdad with a Ph.D. in economy and administration -- immediately denounced…
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North Korean leader: We no longer need nuclear tests, state-run media reports
Kim said Saturday that "under the proven condition of complete nuclear weapons, we no longer need any nuclear tests, mid-range and intercontinental ballistic rocket tests, and that the nuclear test site in northern area has also completed its mission," as quoted by KCNA. US President Donald Trump welcomed the news. "North Korea has agreed to suspend all Nuclear Tests and close up a major test site," he tweeted. "This is…
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Trump legal team brings fresh firepower to reset with Mueller
In bringing on Giuliani, a former US attorney for the Southern District of New York, the President adds a high-profile name, trusted confidant and dogged defender in an investigation that Trump has denounced as a "witch hunt." His hiring and that of two other new lawyers, respected white-collar criminal defense attorneys Jane Serene Raskin and Marty Raskin, injects some much-needed firepower into the President's legal team, which has been beset…
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Dems file suit alleging Russia, Trump campaign, WikiLeaks conspired to interfere in 2016 campaign
Those named in the lawsuit include several top Trump advisers who attended the now-infamous June 2016 meeting in Trump Tower, longtime Trump confidant Roger Stone, former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and former campaign adviser George Papadopoulos and others. The 66-page lawsuit filed in Manhattan federal court on Friday lays out how the Trumps curried favor in Russia through their family business, and then Russia allegedly worked with Trump advisers…
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Ex-Forbes reporter says Trump lied to him to get on Forbes 400 list
"He figured out what he had to do in order to deceive me and get onto that list. And he did it very well. And he maintained that persona of just sort of talking about his assets without any sense of debt and lying about it," Jonathan Greenberg said in an interview Friday on CNN's "New Day." Greenberg broke the news in a Washington Post story. He wrote that when…